Are drones permitted in Botswana?

Drones have become increasingly popular and has forced governments to make special regulations. If you are planning on using a drone in Botswana you are required to register it before your arrival to obtain a clearance certificate. Bringing a drone to Botswana without authorisation may result in a penalty. 

How to register a drone for use in Botswana:

  • Registrations have to be requested in writing with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAAB)
  • Requests should be sent a minimum of 7 days prior to arrival (although I suggest to get in touch much sooner as they don't always respond immediately)
  • The current fee for registration is BWP250.00

Penalty of using a drone without an operations certificate
For further information and to request permission to use your drone in Botswana please contact CAAB directly:

Directorate of Flight Safety
Plot 61920, Letsema Office Park
Fairgrounds, Gaborone
Tel: +267 368 8200
Fax: +267 310 5440